18 May 2017 - Lions Innovation is the
two-day specialist event taking place as part of the Cannes Lions International
Festival of Creativity in June.
tech demonstrations, immersive performances and the latest innnovations in
voice tech, bots, AI, IoT, AR and mixed realities will be hosted on the stages.
And talks by innovators, inventors and investors, alongside global names from
across the creative industries will complete the programme. Lions Innovation
2017 is supported by Alibaba Group, one of China’s largest e-commerce
companies, who is partnering with Cannes Lions for the first time.
actor and comedian Ginger
the Robot promotes social robotics to audiences globally and is
making his Cannes Lions debut this year; while Olly, the first robot with
personality that adapts to each individual, explains how robotics can enhance
the communications industry.
director, producer and actor, Peter
Berg together with INNOCEAN
USA and VRLIVE
will showcase the technology behind Hyundai’s acclaimed Super
Bowl TV spot. REWIND,
will present Mixed Reality and content creation with live HoloLens
demonstrations, while J.
Walter Thompson London and Mindshare UK are launching new
research and presenting their findings on how voice tech will impact brands and
creativity in the future. Sir John Hegarty, Co-Founder of BBH and Neil
Waller, Co-Founder and CEO of Whalar
present the Whalar start-up story and explain how they liberate the creative
voice of brands through tech.
Start-up Discovery Zone
the world of creative communications and early-stage technologies, The Discovery Zone
sits at the centre of Lions Innovation, designed as a dedicated space for 100
global start-ups to network, gain advice and forge new relationships with the
15,000 brand owners, media owners and agency experts who attend the Festival
each year. The selected start-ups will discover new partners, new revenue
streams and new ideas to accelerate their businesses.
The latest start-ups joining the programme to be
Linqia (US); Gamee (Czech Republic); Apester (Israel); Fluid Ads (UK); SUPAspot
(US); Emoticast (UK); Lydi (US); Flank (Turkey); Lisnr (US); Zhimantec (China);
Advrtas (US); Pixalate (US); Mintriks (UAE); Zeotap (US); Wayveapp (UK).
Two Lions awards are judged and honoured at the event. Drawn from leading names
in the technology, innovation and creative sectors, the jurors view and award
pioneering technological creativity. Finalists for the Innovation Lions will be
selected live by a jury led by Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at
BBG Ventures; and the Creative Data Lions jury will be led by Eric Salama,
Chairman and CEO of Kantar.
Papa, Managing Director of Cannes Lions, said “Innovation and tech are embedded throughout the
Festival, but our two-day specialist event - Lions Innovation - is the test-bed
for new ideas. Through Lions Innovation we’re uniquely placed to facilitate
connections between the biggest global brands and emerging start-ups, it’s an
incubator for the future of the industry”.
Tung, CMO, Alibaba Group, commented “We
are excited to support Lions Innovation 2017 for the first time this year.
Innovative technology has always been at the heart of Alibaba’s success, and
supporting a platform to showcase technological creativity and innovation of
this calibre is a natural step for us.”
Savage, Chairman of Cannes Lions, added “With
its reach of over 400 million annual active buyers across its e-marketplaces,
Alibaba has evolved from an e-commerce platform to a brand building platform
powered by big data capability. It’s a privilege to announce Alibaba as our
headline sponsor, to enhance our cutting-edge speaker programme”.